30 families receive free surgical operations from NGO

Dr Isaac Adewole, Nigeria's Health Minister

Dr Isaac Adewole, Nigeria’s Health Minister

A child’s advocacy group, Yeloto African Children Foundation, on Friday said in Lagos that it had performed 30 surgeries free-of-charge to needy Nigerians between January and May, this year.

Dr Oluyemi Olaiwaye, the president of the NGO, disclosed this at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, during activities it organised to mark 2016 Children’s Day.

The foundation, a humanitarian-support group, established to provide free-medical treatment for the less-privileged also donated cheques worth more than N500,000 to some less privileged as part of activities marking this year’s Children’s Day.

“We had done 25 eye-cataract surgeries and five other surgeries this year and also presented some cheques to the needy,” he said.

Olaiwaiye said that his NGO had been in the forefront of providing succour to the less privileged.

He appealed to philanthropic organisations and individuals to assist the government by funding health care programmes of the less privileged children in the country.

He said that this would alleviate the sufferings of the children adding that “all hands must be on deck to deliver children from various forms of underdevelopment.

“You don’t have to be a millionaire before you can give back and help. Saving one’s life is a big deal and we need to cultivate the culture.

“Last year, the group sponsored a surgery for a baby without an anus and for us it is the joy we put in the hearts of the family that keeps us going.

“The joy that we know that we are touching the lives of people is of paramount interest to this group,” he said.

Olawaiye, a clinical pharmacist, also said that his NGO was planning to build a world class children hospital in Lagos in partnership with the state government.

There, children could get treatment without travelling abroad, he said.

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Source:: PM Newspaper